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Honey and Oatmeal Soap Bars

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Honey and Oatmeal Soap Bars made with goat’s milk, organic oats, vanilla essential oil, and raw honey are soothing, gently exfoliating, and easy to make. These DIY soap bars lather wonderfully, are moisturizing, and are a lovely treat for your skin.

DIY soap made with goats milk, honey, and oatmeal

How to Make Honey and Oatmeal Soap Bars

If this is your first-time using melt and pour soap and making your own soap, I know it can be a bit intimidating because it was for me too. But believe me when I say that once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making your own bars in no time and will be looking forward to making more and discovering all of the different varieties you can make.

Why Oatmeal?

Oatmeal is a naturally exfoliating ingredient. Think back to when you have had a rash, chicken pox, or some other type of skin condition, and your doctor told your Mom to have you take an oatmeal bath or your Mom made up an oatmeal paste and put it on your skin. It’s because oatmeal gently exfoliates the rough areas of your skin yet helps moisturize your skin. Plus, it doesn’t dry your skin out like soap may.

However, the bonus of an oatmeal soap is that you get the bonus of the oatmeal plus the moisturizing benefits of goat’s milk soap.

If you are looking for more reasons why doctors recommend people to use colloidal oatmeal on their skin, make sure to check out this resource.

Goat Milk Soap Base Benefits

Did you know that goat milk soap helps keep your skin moisturized and lathers up beautifully?

Did you also know that goat’s milk is packed with vitamins and minerals and contains fatty acids, citric acid, antioxidants, enzymes, and amino acids?

So, by adding this to your oatmeal, not only are you soothing your skin, but you are also replenishing your skin.

Expert Tips, Ingredient List and Suggestions for Recipe Success


Supplies you will need:

In Process Honey Oatmeal Soap

How Many Drops of Essential Oil?

You will want to use 20 – 22 drops for each bar of soap you will be making.

What Essential Oil is Good for Oatmeal Soap?

I think that vanilla essential oil is great. Other essential oils that work in this soap recipe are Orange, Lemon, and Lavender. The combination of oatmeal and lavender would be a fantastic way to destress before bed. However, keep in mind if you are using any type of citrus essential oils that you may develop sun sensitivity. Refer to the packaging of the brand of essential oils you are using for more information.

When Do You Add Essential Oil to Melt and Pour Soap?

You need to allow the melt and pour soap to cool to 140 degrees before you add in your essential oils, or they will basically melt away due to the heat of the mixture.

I know trying to figure out how much essential oil to add to your soap is a bit daunting because you don’t want too much, and you don’t want too little. I found this great Fragrance Calculator over at Brambleberry. It’s very helpful and has a lot of great information.

Why are There Bubbles at the Top of my Soap?

Bubbles are common when making soap so you will need to spritz the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol as soon as you pour it. They will disappear almost immediately.

Another reason could be you got the melt and pour base too hot when melting it.

Or you could have stirred the soap too hard. Yes, I am serious about this. I thought the same thing when I was looking up tips when I was getting ready to make this myself. You need to gently stir it. If you are stressed, that is not the time to be making soap.

Why Did my Soap Turn Brown?

Sometimes your soap will turn brown due to rancid essential oil. If your essential oil isn’t properly stored or it has gotten old, it will go bad, hence when you use it in the soap making process, it may make the soap turn brown.

Are Oatmeal Baths bad for Plumbing?

Like with anything, any time you put anything besides water down your pipes, it could potentially cause an issue. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop using natural soaps, DIY scrubs or soaps.

The best thing to do is invest in a shower/tub strainer that will collect any of the remnants from the soap. That way just empty out the strainer when you are done, and nothing goes down the drain. Even if a little bit does, it won’t be near what would go down it if you don’t use one.

I am still trying out different ones as we have a walk-in shower. As soon as I find the one I like the best, I’ll update the post.

Why Did the Oatmeal sink to the Bottom of the Soap?

That happens when you soap is too hot. That’s why it’s important to let your soap start to cool down once you remove it from the microwave before you add the oatmeal to it.

Step by Step Directions

Preparing the Melt and Pour Soap

Step 1: Weigh the base.

Step 2: Cut the soap base in half. Set one base aside. Cut the other base into 1″ cubes.

Preparing the Ingredients:

Step 3: Grind the oatmeal into a fine powder and set aside.

Melting the Soap Cubes

Step 4: Add 2 – 3 cubes of the soap into the Pyrex measuring cup and put into the microwave and set for 30 seconds and melt.

Step 5: Remove, stir, put back in the microwave for 10 seconds if needed.

Pouring the Soap:

Step 6: Stir in 1/8 tsp of the honey and stir carefully with the craft stick. Check the temperature with a candy thermometer to make sure the temp isn’t over 140 degrees. Then add in 20 – 22 drops of the essential oil. Stir again.

Step 7: Pour into the mold. Sprinkle in the oatmeal and stir in with a craft stick.

Step 8: Spray with a spritz of rubbing alcohol if bubbles form.

Step 9: Repeat the process of each bar of soap (this recipe will make 6).

Step 10: Let set for 2 hours or until the soap has hardened.

Step 11: Then put away once it’s hardened.

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Honey and Oatmeal Soap Recipe

Honey and Oatmeal Soap Bars made with goat’s milk, organic oats, vanilla essential oil, and raw honey are soothing, gently exfoliating, and easy to make. These DIY soap bars lather wonderfully, are moisturizing, and a lovely treat for your skin.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Setting 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 6 bars


  • Silicone mold – any type of silicone mold will work
  • Mini spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
  • Kitchen scale
  • Pyrex measuring cup
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Knife
  • cutting board
  • Spatula
  • Candy thermometer


  • 1 lb. Goat's Milk Melt and Pour Soap
  • ½ cup Organic oats finely ground
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 20 – 22 drops Vanilla Essential Oil 20 – 22 drops PER bar that you are making


Preparing the Soap

  • Weigh the base so you make sure that you know the exact weight of the soap.
  • Next, cut the base of the soap in half and then re-weigh it so you know what it weighs. If you are making 6 bars, you will want 1 lb of Goat's Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base.
  • Next, cut the base into 1" cubes.

Preparing the Soap Ingredients

  • Pour the oatmeal into a food blender or food grinder and grind into a finely ground powder. Keep in mind that oatmeal is very exfoliating so the larger the oats the rougher it will be on your skin. Then set it aside.

Melting the Melt and Pour Soap Base

  • Add 2 cubes of the soap into a large Pyrex Measuring cup or any large glass measuring cup (I use glass so it's easier to wash).
  • Next put the measuring cup with the cubes into the microwave and set the timer for 30 seconds. Remove the soap, stir GENTLY with a craft stick and if the cubes haven't melted, put the soap back into the microwave and set for 10 seconds. Then stir again.

Pouring the Soap

  • Then add in ⅛ tsp of the raw honey and carefully stir with a wooden craft stick or spoon. Check the temperature of the soap and make sure it's at 140 degrees and no hotter. Then add in 20 – 22 drops of the essential oil if you are adding it in. Stir again. If your soap is starting to set up, just pop it back into the microwave for 10 seconds and it will remelt.
  • Pour the soap mixture into your molds. You will get ONE bar out of this. Then add in a ¼ tsp of the oatmeal or sprinkle some in and stir it in a craft stick.
  • If you are noticing bubbles at the top of the soap, lightly spritz with rubbing alcohol.
  • Repeat the process again with each bar of soap that you are making.
  • I know it seems redundant, however, I found it's easier to do it this way as it will set up quickly and if this is your first time, it will be easier to do it in small batches.
Keyword DIY Soap, Honey and Oatmeal Soap
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  1. 5 stars
    I am impressed with all the details you have given. All the problems that could pop up and what to do. I have been thinking about making some. It is hard to find what you want.

    1. It really is. You can get a lot of the needed ingredients on Amazon or at many craft stores. But the good thing is, once you have some of the basics, like the molds, you won’t have to rebuy them. Thank you for the kind comments.

  2. i love the scent of honey stuff n i think it has a lot of antibacterial qualities but i bet this soap would smell and feel luxurious love it